[Guide] Root Pixel 5 with Magisk Android 12.1

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Homeboy76

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[Guide] Root Pixel 5 with Magisk Android 12.1
Android Security Bulletin—June 2022
Pixel Update Bulletin—June 2022


Introduction
This Guide is for Pixel 5 owners that want to Root their phone, and enjoy the benefits of rooting it. The Guide is divided into three parts: Information, Instructions, and Other.


~ ~ ~ Part I - INFORMATION ~ ~ ~
  1. Disclaimer

    • I assume no responsibility for the malfunctioning/bricking of your phone.
    • The order of listed items i.e., Custom Kernels, Custom ROMS, etc. Does not indicate my preference for them. It is your responsibility to do the research before selecting an item.
  2. Prerequisites

  3. Update(s)

  4. NEW

    • SafetyNet Fix 2.3.1 - 27Jun
  5. My Other Guides
  6. Credits/Thanks/Recognitions

    • @creezalird- Flash Android 12 factory image.
    • Those I may have, inadvertently, forgotten.
~ ~ ~ Part II - INSTRUCTIONS ~ ~ ~
  1. Unlock Bootloader/Return Phone to Stock/Lock Bootloader

    • Unlock Bootloader

      1. This will erase all user data from the device!
      2. Backup your data
      3. Activate Developer Options: Tap Settings > About Phone > Tap Build Number 7 times or until you see you are a Developer. Tap back > System > Advanced > Developer Options. Enable OEM Unlock and, USB Debugging.
      4. Boot fastboot mode
      5. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
      6. Open a Command Prompt on your computer and type fastboot flashing unlock and press enter.
      7. You should see a request for confirmation on your phone, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select.
      8. Allow the process to complete and then type fastboot reboot at the Command Prompt and press enter.
      9. When your phone reboots disconnect your usb cable.
        Notes: After unlocking your bootloader, you'll see a warning: The bootloader is unlocked and... You will see this warning until, you relock the bootloader.
        Do not relock your bootloader until you have returned the device to Stock.
    • Return Phone to Stock

      1. Backup your data/Internal storage
      2. Settings > System > Advanced > Reset Options > Erase all data (factory reset)
      3. Log in
      4. Set up phone
    • Lock Bootloader

      1. Return the phone to Stock before locking the bootloader, failure to do so could brick your phone
      2. This will erase all user data from the device!
      3. Boot fastboot mode
      4. Open a Command Prompt and type this at the Prompt: fastboot flashing lock
      5. You should see a request for confirmation on your phone, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select.
      6. Allow the process to complete, then type this at the Command Prompt: fastboot reboot
      7. Enable Developer Options: Settings > About phone > Tap Build number 7 times or until you see 'you are a developer'.
      8. Tap Back > Developer options and toggle OEM Unlock off.
  2. Install/Update Factory Image keep data or wipe data

    • Important Note(s):
      1. When doing a Major Upgrade Android 12 (12.0.0) to Android 12.1 (12.1.0), I recommend doing a Clean Install: Do Flash Factory Image Wipe Data (below).
      2. Always verify you have the latest version of SDK Platform-Tools installed on your computer before installing the Factory Image: Pixel 5 - redfin.
      3. If you get an error: while flashing, try one of these options:
        • Change the USB port to a non charging USB port.
        • Change the USB cord.
        • Change Computers.
      4. If you phone bootloops
        • force Safe Mode by continually pressing volume down button during boot animation.
        • After the system boots into safe mode you can reboot your device to boot up normally (since all modules will be disabled).
        • Thanks @Typhus_ for the instructions to force Safe Mode.
      5. Backup your data
      6. Download the latest Factory Image: Pixel 5 - redfin to your Computer.
      7. Go to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 4. Extract Files from the FactoryImage/Flash boot.img and extract the flash-all.bat file.
    • Flash Factory Image Keep Data

      • Open the folder you extracted the Factory Image to and Edit the flash-all.bat file with a file editor i.e., DroidEdit app.
        1. Change this line: fastboot -w update image-redfin-aa9a.999999.999.zip
        2. to this: fastboot update image-redfin-sp1a.999999.999.zip
        3. Note: If you do not remove the -w your internal storage will be wiped.
      • After, you have edited the flash-all.bat file. Copy/Move these files to the Platform-tools folder:
        1. bootloader-redfin-....img
        2. flash-all.bat
        3. image-redfin-....zip
        4. radio-redfin-....img
      • On your phone: Boot the bootloader (Power off the phone => Press the Power and Down buttons until you see Start)
      • Connect your phone to the computer.
      • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder and type: flash-all at the Command Prompt and press enter.
      • The phone will reboot when flashing is completed.
      • Go-to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet, • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.
    • Flash Factory Image Wipe Data

      • This will wipe your phone's Internal Storage.
      • Open the folder you extracted the Factory Image to and Copy/Move these files to the Platform-tools folder:
        1. bootloader-redfin-....img
        2. flash-all.bat
        3. image-redfin-....zip
        4. radio-redfin-....img
      • On your phone: Boot the bootloader (Power off the phone => Press the Power and Down buttons until you see Start)
      • Connect your phone to the computer.
      • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder and type: flash-all at the Command Prompt and press enter.
      • The phone will reboot when flashing is complete.
      • Setup phone
      • Enable Developer Mode and USB Debugging
        1. Setup => About phone => Tap Build number 7 times or untill you see you are a 'Devloper'.
        2. Setup => System => Developer options => Enable Developer options => enable USB Debugging
      • Go-to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet, • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.
  3. Take the OTA Update and Maintain Root

    • All the credit for this set of instructions goes to @topjohnwu for writing the instructions: Install Magisk to Inactive Slot , use Magisk Beta, Stable 24.3.
    • NOTE: If you had a Custom Kernel installed, after you Open Magisk and Restore Images. Do the following to return your phone to Stock:
      • fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
      • fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img
      • There may be more .img files you need to flash. Please check the OP of the Custom Kernel thread you install for instruction to remove the Custom Kernel and return your phone to Stock. Additionally, if you installed Mods Please check the OP of the Mod thread you installed for instruction to remove the Mod and return your phone to Stock before you download the OTA.
    • If you phone bootloops
      • force Safe Mode by continually pressing volume down button during boot animation.
      • After the system boots into safe mode you can reboot your device to boot up normally (since all modules will be disabled).
      • Thanks @Typhus_ for the instructions to force Safe Mode.
  4. Extract Files from Factory Image/Flash boot.img

    • Extract Files from Factory Image

      1. Extract flash-all.bat and boot.img file
      2. Download the latest Factory image to your phone.
      3. Extract the Factory Image file (bramble-r2d1a.999999.999-factory-99a9a99a.zip) to a folder. The, stock, flash-all.bat file should be in this folder.
      4. Open the folder you extracted the Factory image to and, extract the Image file (image-bramble-aa9a.999999.999.zip) into the folder. The, stock, boot.img file should be in this folder.
    • Flash boot.img

      1. Flashing the boot.img removes root.
      2. Open the folder you extracted the 'image...zip' file to and copy the boot.img file to your computer's platform-tools folder or to the folder that has fastboot.exe in it.
      3. Boot fastboot mode
      4. Connect the phone to the Computer
      5. Open a Command Prompt and type the following command at the prompt:
        fastboot flash boot --slot all boot.img
      6. Reboot
  5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet.

    • Android 12

      • Upgrade to Android 12: OP, Part II - INSTRUCTIONS, 2. Install/Update Factory Image keep data or wipe data, Keep data
    • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.

      1. Go to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 4. Extract Files from the FactoryImage/Flash boot.img and extract the boot.img file.
      2. Install Magisk Canary - Download app-release.apk
        or
        Magisk Beta 25.0/Stable 24.3 App
      3. Open Magisk Beta/Canary/Stable App
      4. The Update Channel should be set to Beta/Canary/Stable, depending on the version you Installed.
      5. Tap Install (next to Magisk)
      6. Tap, Select and Patch a File
      7. Select the boot.img file you extracted from the latest factory image.
      8. Tap the ✓ (Check Mark)
      9. Tap Let's Go
      10. When you see done, the boot.img has been patched (magisk_patched_xxxxxx.img), and stored in the download folder.
      11. Reboot
      12. Copy/Move the patched boot.img file to your computer's Platform-tools folder or the folder that has fastboot.exe in it:
        • Copy it to a USB drive and transfer it to your computer.
        • Move it to your computer using adb push
      13. Boot fastboot mode
      14. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
      15. Open a Command Prompt in the folder you copied the patched boot.img to.
      16. Type fastboot flash boot "name of patched boot".img without the quote marks at the Prompt and press enter.
      17. Type fastboot reboot at the Prompt and press enter.
      18. Important Notes: If your phone boot loops try one of the following options:
    • Pass Safety Net with SafetyNet Fix

      1. Download File(s)
      2. Install SafetyNet Fix
        • Open Magisk
        • Tap Modules icon
        • Tap Install from storage
        • Navigate to the SafetyNet Fix file you downloaded
        • Tap the SafetyNet Fix file
        • Tap the check mark (✓ at the bottom) to start the installation.
        • After it installs tap the Save icon to save the log
        • Tap Reboot.
      3. Settings for Magisk Canary
        • Open Magisk App
        • Tap the Setup icon.
        • Scroll down to App and set the Update Channel to Canary.
        • Scroll down to Check Updates and enable it.
        • Scroll down to Magisk and enable Zygisk and Enforce DenyList.
        • Tap Configure DenyList => Tap 3 Dot Menu => Check ✓ Show system apps => Check ✓ Google Play Store, Google Pay, etc.
        • Scroll down to Superuser and enable Enable Biometric Authentication.
      4. Get Device Certified Clear Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Pay, etc. data
        • Turn Airplane mode on
        • Open Settings
        • Tap Apps & notifications
        • Tap see all...
        • Tap three dot menu
        • Tap Show system
        • Scroll down to Google Play Store
        • Tap Storage and Cache
        • Tap Clear storage
          Note: Repeat the 3 steps above for Google Play Services, Google Pay, etc.
        • reboot
        • Turn Airplane mode off
      5. Check Device Certification
        • Open Google Play Store app
        • Tap Menu - Circle top right
        • Tap Settings
        • Tap About
        • Check Play protect certification.
  6. Set Magisk App Update Channel/Update Magisk

    • Set Magisk App Update Channel

      • Open Magisk App > Tap Settings icon > Update Channel > Select Stable, Beta, Canary or Custom.
    • Update Magisk

      1. When Magisk App notifies you of an update:
      2. Tap install.
      3. Select, Direct Install (Recommended)
      4. When it finishes installing
      5. Tap, Save Log
      6. Log location: /storage/emulated/0/Download
      7. Tap, Reboot
      8. Done!
  7. Install/Update Magisk Modules

    • Download Modules
    • Install Modules

      1. Open Magisk
      2. Tap the Modules icon
      3. Tap Install from storage
      4. Navigate to the folder with the Module you want to install.
      5. Tap the Module to highlite it and tap Select.
      6. After it installs, tap the Disc Icon to save the install log.
      7. Tap Reboot
    • Update Modules

      1. Open Magisk
      2. Tap the Modules icon
      3. You, will see the Modules that have Updates.
      4. Tap the Module you want to update.
      5. Tap install.
      6. After it installs, tap the Disc Icon to save the install log.
      7. Tap Reboot
  8. Open a Command Prompt/Boot Fastboot Mode/Boot Recovery

    • Open a Command Prompt on Computer
      1. Open File Explorer, click the platform-tools folder ==> click the folder icon (left side of address bar) to highlight it type cmd and press enter.
      2. Open a Powershell Command Prompt on Computer: Open File Explorer, click the platform-tools folder ==> click the folder icon (left side of address bar) to highlight it type powershell and press enter.
      3. Notes:
        • Enable USB Debugging, on your phone: Settings ==> System ==> Advanced ==> Developer options ==> Scroll down to USB debugging and enable it.
        • When using the Powershell Command Prompt Commands must be preceeded with ./: i.e, ./fastboot devices
        • If you do not want to open a Command Prompt every time you want to use the fastboot command, add the path to the Platform-tools folder to Windows environment variables.
    • Boot fastboot mode (bootloader):
      • Power off phone, press and hold the power and volume down buttons until you see Start.
    • Boot Recovery
      • Power off phone, press and hold the power and volume down buttons until you see Start. Use volume up/down button until you see Recovery mode. Press power button.
  9. Test fastboot

    • Enable Developer Options - Tap Settings > About phone > Build number 7 times or until you should see 'you are a Developer'.
    • Enable USB Debugging - Tap Settings > System > Advanced > Developer options >
      Enable USB Debugging.
    • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder.
    • Boot fastboot mode on your phone
    • Connect the phone to the Computer.
    • At the prompt type: fastboot devices to verify communication with phone. It should return your phone's serial number.
  10. ADB Sideload

~ ~ ~ Part III - OTHER ~ ~ ~
  1. Custom ROMs

    • Need help with a Custom ROM?
      • First, read and follow the Installation Instructions. The installation instructions are in the OP.
      • Second, if you have a problem Installing it, Search the thread of the Custom ROM you are trying to install for a solution to problem: If you don't find a solution post your request for help on the thread.
    • ROMs
      1. Alpha/Beta

        • None
      2. Official
      3. Unofficial
  2. Mods
  3. T.W.R.P. Backup/Restore

    • Waiting for Android 12 T.W.R.P.
 

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kbaltodano

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San Jose
Hey, thanks for this super-detailed guide!

I just did this to my P5, however the guide was not clear on how to get Safetynet working.
After Magisk was installed and I confirmed that the device was rooted, I went to this other thread and followed the instructions for Safetynet at the very end of the first post. The downside seems to be that the device is identified as a Pixel 3A, but it got the Safetynet test to pass. I assume that this will be fixed someday.
 

dyingearth

Senior Member
Aug 28, 2010
102
14
Los Angeles
Hey, thanks for this super-detailed guide!

I just did this to my P5, however the guide was not clear on how to get Safetynet working.
After Magisk was installed and I confirmed that the device was rooted, I went to this other thread and followed the instructions for Safetynet at the very end of the first post. The downside seems to be that the device is identified as a Pixel 3A, but it got the Safetynet test to pass. I assume that this will be fixed someday.

I don't think so. Even this method is kinda kludged. Pixel 3a is the latest version not subject to the hardware check that prevented Safetynet check.
 

PRL77

Senior Member
Sep 18, 2013
69
5
Los Angeles, CA
No OTA Update will not disable. Root

Incorrect, Jackie. See Homeboy76's reply. I actually did a reset to factory defaults before posting this and it removed root. An OTA would do the same.

---------- Post added at 08:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:11 PM ----------

Yes, you will lose root if you take te OTA. The only way to keep root with OTA is do #7. D..
Thanks for confirming my thoughts. And thanks for this guide, it is damn brilliant.
 

Pollie81

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Mar 8, 2012
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Google Pixel 6
I'm not an expert but as far as i know that's not correct.

If you do a factory reset your boot image will not be overwritten so technically root is still there.
But the magisk app will be deleted because of the factory reset, the patched boot image should still be in place.
OTA overwrites those files so then it will be fully unrooted.
 

Jackie Coyote

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Nov 19, 2020
33
1
I'm not an expert but as far as i know that's not correct.

If you do a factory reset your boot image will not be overwritten so technically root is still there.
But the magisk app will be deleted because of the factory reset, the patched boot image should still be in place.
OTA overwrites those files so then it will be fully unrooted.
I don't take OTAs . I flash factory images on Mondays. But I thought you can't even take OTAs without restoring the boot image first. Either through fastboot or Magisk itself?? Or I think you can flash the full OTA from Google's website. I'm pretty sure that will replace the boot image with stock.
 

vette8t7

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Sep 23, 2010
25
0
My 3XL died, so I ordered a 5 unlocked from Amazon. In trying to unlock the bootloader with 'fastboot flashing unlock', I receive FAILED (remote: 'flashing unlock is not allowed'). How can I tell if I have an unlocked phone or is there something else I am missing?
 

Jackie Coyote

Member
Nov 19, 2020
33
1
My 3XL died, so I ordered a 5 unlocked from Amazon. In trying to unlock the bootloader with 'fastboot flashing unlock', I receive FAILED (remote: 'flashing unlock is not allowed'). How can I tell if I have an unlocked phone or is there something else I am missing?
Did you toggle the unlock in developer settings? If you can't and it's greyed out, your out of luck. Are you on the bootloader screen when your fastbooting? You have updated platform tools?
 

vette8t7

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Sep 23, 2010
25
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My 3XL died, so I ordered a 5 unlocked from Amazon. In trying to unlock the bootloader with 'fastboot flashing unlock', I receive FAILED (remote: 'flashing unlock is not allowed'). How can I tell if I have an unlocked phone or is there something else I am missing?
My bad, I enabled OEM Debugging, but not the Enable OEM Unlock. Bootloader is unlocked!
 

PRL77

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Sep 18, 2013
69
5
Los Angeles, CA
I don't take OTAs . I flash factory images on Mondays. But I thought you can't even take OTAs without restoring the boot image first. Either through fastboot or Magisk itself?? Or I think you can flash the full OTA from Google's website. I'm pretty sure that will replace the boot image with stock.
The guide goes over this in Step 7D how it is possible on devices with A/B partitions but not those without them.

---------- Post added at 11:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:54 AM ----------

I'm not an expert but as far as i know that's not correct.

If you do a factory reset your boot image will not be overwritten so technically root is still there.
But the magisk app will be deleted because of the factory reset, the patched boot image should still be in place.
OTA overwrites those files so then it will be fully unrooted.
So you're saying that after I lost root on factory reset, all I needed to do was reinstall Magisk?
 

Jackie Coyote

Member
Nov 19, 2020
33
1
The guide goes over this in Step 7D how it is possible on devices with A/B partitions but not those without them.

---------- Post added at 11:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:54 AM ----------


Unless I'm reading it incorrectly, that is no longer an option. Taking the OTA and installing Magisk to the inactive slot has been removed.
 

PRL77

Senior Member
Sep 18, 2013
69
5
Los Angeles, CA
The guide goes over this in Step 7D how it is possible on devices with A/B partitions but not those without them.

---------- Post added at 11:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:54 AM ----------


Unless I'm reading it incorrectly, that is no longer an option. Taking the OTA and installing Magisk to the inactive slot has been removed.
I'm reading that some devices can be done that way while others cannot. This guide is linked in #7D: https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/ota.html
I personally won't be doing it, I'll just re-root from scratch, but it does seem like an option.
 

Jackie Coyote

Member
Nov 19, 2020
33
1
I'm reading that some devices can be done that way while others cannot. This guide is linked in #7D: https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/ota.html
I personally won't be doing it, I'll just re-root from scratch, but it does seem like an option.
Yeah, I don't take OTAs. Just was wondering for clarification purposes. Install to inactive slot is not an option on my latest magisk canary build.

https://twitter.com/topjohnwu/status/1303574238796808192?s=19
 

Homeboy76

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Aug 24, 2012
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Google Pixel XL
I'm not an expert but as far as i know that's not correct.

If you do a factory reset your boot image will not be overwritten so technically root is still there.
But the magisk app will be deleted because of the factory reset, the patched boot image should still be in place.
OTA overwrites those files so then it will be fully unrooted.
<Edit> :oops: You're right!
 
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Pollie81

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Mar 8, 2012
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Google Pixel 6
Are you sure the boot.img is not overwritten?
Why?
If the boot.img was not overwritten Magisk and Magisk Manager would still be on your phone.
The reason the boot.img is still there is it is stored on your computer i.e. C:/Platform-tools folder

A Factory reset wipes the phone's data & it's Internal Storage.

magisk manager is an app, the root itself is something that is changed in the boot image.
by a factory reset the system and boot image/partitions are not touched, only the data partition and internal storage if you choose so.
that clears everything exept the boot image, that's why if people would realy want to go back to stock they have to flash a stock/factory image.
because if you do that or OTA the boot image will be overwritten by the stock one.
 

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    Introduction
    This Guide is for Pixel 5 owners that want to Root their phone, and enjoy the benefits of rooting it. The Guide is divided into three parts: Information, Instructions, and Other.


    ~ ~ ~ Part I - INFORMATION ~ ~ ~
    1. Disclaimer

      • I assume no responsibility for the malfunctioning/bricking of your phone.
      • The order of listed items i.e., Custom Kernels, Custom ROMS, etc. Does not indicate my preference for them. It is your responsibility to do the research before selecting an item.
    2. Prerequisites

    3. Update(s)

    4. NEW

      • SafetyNet Fix 2.3.1 - 27Jun
    5. My Other Guides
    6. Credits/Thanks/Recognitions

      • @creezalird- Flash Android 12 factory image.
      • Those I may have, inadvertently, forgotten.
    ~ ~ ~ Part II - INSTRUCTIONS ~ ~ ~
    1. Unlock Bootloader/Return Phone to Stock/Lock Bootloader

      • Unlock Bootloader

        1. This will erase all user data from the device!
        2. Backup your data
        3. Activate Developer Options: Tap Settings > About Phone > Tap Build Number 7 times or until you see you are a Developer. Tap back > System > Advanced > Developer Options. Enable OEM Unlock and, USB Debugging.
        4. Boot fastboot mode
        5. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
        6. Open a Command Prompt on your computer and type fastboot flashing unlock and press enter.
        7. You should see a request for confirmation on your phone, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select.
        8. Allow the process to complete and then type fastboot reboot at the Command Prompt and press enter.
        9. When your phone reboots disconnect your usb cable.
          Notes: After unlocking your bootloader, you'll see a warning: The bootloader is unlocked and... You will see this warning until, you relock the bootloader.
          Do not relock your bootloader until you have returned the device to Stock.
      • Return Phone to Stock

        1. Backup your data/Internal storage
        2. Settings > System > Advanced > Reset Options > Erase all data (factory reset)
        3. Log in
        4. Set up phone
      • Lock Bootloader

        1. Return the phone to Stock before locking the bootloader, failure to do so could brick your phone
        2. This will erase all user data from the device!
        3. Boot fastboot mode
        4. Open a Command Prompt and type this at the Prompt: fastboot flashing lock
        5. You should see a request for confirmation on your phone, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select.
        6. Allow the process to complete, then type this at the Command Prompt: fastboot reboot
        7. Enable Developer Options: Settings > About phone > Tap Build number 7 times or until you see 'you are a developer'.
        8. Tap Back > Developer options and toggle OEM Unlock off.
    2. Install/Update Factory Image keep data or wipe data

      • Important Note(s):
        1. When doing a Major Upgrade Android 12 (12.0.0) to Android 12.1 (12.1.0), I recommend doing a Clean Install: Do Flash Factory Image Wipe Data (below).
        2. Always verify you have the latest version of SDK Platform-Tools installed on your computer before installing the Factory Image: Pixel 5 - redfin.
        3. If you get an error: while flashing, try one of these options:
          • Change the USB port to a non charging USB port.
          • Change the USB cord.
          • Change Computers.
        4. If you phone bootloops
          • force Safe Mode by continually pressing volume down button during boot animation.
          • After the system boots into safe mode you can reboot your device to boot up normally (since all modules will be disabled).
          • Thanks @Typhus_ for the instructions to force Safe Mode.
        5. Backup your data
        6. Download the latest Factory Image: Pixel 5 - redfin to your Computer.
        7. Go to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 4. Extract Files from the FactoryImage/Flash boot.img and extract the flash-all.bat file.
      • Flash Factory Image Keep Data

        • Open the folder you extracted the Factory Image to and Edit the flash-all.bat file with a file editor i.e., DroidEdit app.
          1. Change this line: fastboot -w update image-redfin-aa9a.999999.999.zip
          2. to this: fastboot update image-redfin-sp1a.999999.999.zip
          3. Note: If you do not remove the -w your internal storage will be wiped.
        • After, you have edited the flash-all.bat file. Copy/Move these files to the Platform-tools folder:
          1. bootloader-redfin-....img
          2. flash-all.bat
          3. image-redfin-....zip
          4. radio-redfin-....img
        • On your phone: Boot the bootloader (Power off the phone => Press the Power and Down buttons until you see Start)
        • Connect your phone to the computer.
        • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder and type: flash-all at the Command Prompt and press enter.
        • The phone will reboot when flashing is completed.
        • Go-to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet, • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.
      • Flash Factory Image Wipe Data

        • This will wipe your phone's Internal Storage.
        • Open the folder you extracted the Factory Image to and Copy/Move these files to the Platform-tools folder:
          1. bootloader-redfin-....img
          2. flash-all.bat
          3. image-redfin-....zip
          4. radio-redfin-....img
        • On your phone: Boot the bootloader (Power off the phone => Press the Power and Down buttons until you see Start)
        • Connect your phone to the computer.
        • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder and type: flash-all at the Command Prompt and press enter.
        • The phone will reboot when flashing is complete.
        • Setup phone
        • Enable Developer Mode and USB Debugging
          1. Setup => About phone => Tap Build number 7 times or untill you see you are a 'Devloper'.
          2. Setup => System => Developer options => Enable Developer options => enable USB Debugging
        • Go-to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet, • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.
    3. Take the OTA Update and Maintain Root

      • All the credit for this set of instructions goes to @topjohnwu for writing the instructions: Install Magisk to Inactive Slot , use Magisk Beta, Stable 24.3.
      • NOTE: If you had a Custom Kernel installed, after you Open Magisk and Restore Images. Do the following to return your phone to Stock:
        • fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
        • fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img
        • There may be more .img files you need to flash. Please check the OP of the Custom Kernel thread you install for instruction to remove the Custom Kernel and return your phone to Stock. Additionally, if you installed Mods Please check the OP of the Mod thread you installed for instruction to remove the Mod and return your phone to Stock before you download the OTA.
      • If you phone bootloops
        • force Safe Mode by continually pressing volume down button during boot animation.
        • After the system boots into safe mode you can reboot your device to boot up normally (since all modules will be disabled).
        • Thanks @Typhus_ for the instructions to force Safe Mode.
    4. Extract Files from Factory Image/Flash boot.img

      • Extract Files from Factory Image

        1. Extract flash-all.bat and boot.img file
        2. Download the latest Factory image to your phone.
        3. Extract the Factory Image file (bramble-r2d1a.999999.999-factory-99a9a99a.zip) to a folder. The, stock, flash-all.bat file should be in this folder.
        4. Open the folder you extracted the Factory image to and, extract the Image file (image-bramble-aa9a.999999.999.zip) into the folder. The, stock, boot.img file should be in this folder.
      • Flash boot.img

        1. Flashing the boot.img removes root.
        2. Open the folder you extracted the 'image...zip' file to and copy the boot.img file to your computer's platform-tools folder or to the folder that has fastboot.exe in it.
        3. Boot fastboot mode
        4. Connect the phone to the Computer
        5. Open a Command Prompt and type the following command at the prompt:
          fastboot flash boot --slot all boot.img
        6. Reboot
    5. Root/Reroot with Magisk and Pass SafetyNet.

      • Android 12

        • Upgrade to Android 12: OP, Part II - INSTRUCTIONS, 2. Install/Update Factory Image keep data or wipe data, Keep data
      • Patching the boot.img - to root/reroot.

        1. Go to Part II - INSTRUCTIONS => 4. Extract Files from the FactoryImage/Flash boot.img and extract the boot.img file.
        2. Install Magisk Canary - Download app-release.apk
          or
          Magisk Beta 25.0/Stable 24.3 App
        3. Open Magisk Beta/Canary/Stable App
        4. The Update Channel should be set to Beta/Canary/Stable, depending on the version you Installed.
        5. Tap Install (next to Magisk)
        6. Tap, Select and Patch a File
        7. Select the boot.img file you extracted from the latest factory image.
        8. Tap the ✓ (Check Mark)
        9. Tap Let's Go
        10. When you see done, the boot.img has been patched (magisk_patched_xxxxxx.img), and stored in the download folder.
        11. Reboot
        12. Copy/Move the patched boot.img file to your computer's Platform-tools folder or the folder that has fastboot.exe in it:
          • Copy it to a USB drive and transfer it to your computer.
          • Move it to your computer using adb push
        13. Boot fastboot mode
        14. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
        15. Open a Command Prompt in the folder you copied the patched boot.img to.
        16. Type fastboot flash boot "name of patched boot".img without the quote marks at the Prompt and press enter.
        17. Type fastboot reboot at the Prompt and press enter.
        18. Important Notes: If your phone boot loops try one of the following options:
      • Pass Safety Net with SafetyNet Fix

        1. Download File(s)
        2. Install SafetyNet Fix
          • Open Magisk
          • Tap Modules icon
          • Tap Install from storage
          • Navigate to the SafetyNet Fix file you downloaded
          • Tap the SafetyNet Fix file
          • Tap the check mark (✓ at the bottom) to start the installation.
          • After it installs tap the Save icon to save the log
          • Tap Reboot.
        3. Settings for Magisk Canary
          • Open Magisk App
          • Tap the Setup icon.
          • Scroll down to App and set the Update Channel to Canary.
          • Scroll down to Check Updates and enable it.
          • Scroll down to Magisk and enable Zygisk and Enforce DenyList.
          • Tap Configure DenyList => Tap 3 Dot Menu => Check ✓ Show system apps => Check ✓ Google Play Store, Google Pay, etc.
          • Scroll down to Superuser and enable Enable Biometric Authentication.
        4. Get Device Certified Clear Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Pay, etc. data
          • Turn Airplane mode on
          • Open Settings
          • Tap Apps & notifications
          • Tap see all...
          • Tap three dot menu
          • Tap Show system
          • Scroll down to Google Play Store
          • Tap Storage and Cache
          • Tap Clear storage
            Note: Repeat the 3 steps above for Google Play Services, Google Pay, etc.
          • reboot
          • Turn Airplane mode off
        5. Check Device Certification
          • Open Google Play Store app
          • Tap Menu - Circle top right
          • Tap Settings
          • Tap About
          • Check Play protect certification.
    6. Set Magisk App Update Channel/Update Magisk

      • Set Magisk App Update Channel

        • Open Magisk App > Tap Settings icon > Update Channel > Select Stable, Beta, Canary or Custom.
      • Update Magisk

        1. When Magisk App notifies you of an update:
        2. Tap install.
        3. Select, Direct Install (Recommended)
        4. When it finishes installing
        5. Tap, Save Log
        6. Log location: /storage/emulated/0/Download
        7. Tap, Reboot
        8. Done!
    7. Install/Update Magisk Modules

      • Download Modules
      • Install Modules

        1. Open Magisk
        2. Tap the Modules icon
        3. Tap Install from storage
        4. Navigate to the folder with the Module you want to install.
        5. Tap the Module to highlite it and tap Select.
        6. After it installs, tap the Disc Icon to save the install log.
        7. Tap Reboot
      • Update Modules

        1. Open Magisk
        2. Tap the Modules icon
        3. You, will see the Modules that have Updates.
        4. Tap the Module you want to update.
        5. Tap install.
        6. After it installs, tap the Disc Icon to save the install log.
        7. Tap Reboot
    8. Open a Command Prompt/Boot Fastboot Mode/Boot Recovery

      • Open a Command Prompt on Computer
        1. Open File Explorer, click the platform-tools folder ==> click the folder icon (left side of address bar) to highlight it type cmd and press enter.
        2. Open a Powershell Command Prompt on Computer: Open File Explorer, click the platform-tools folder ==> click the folder icon (left side of address bar) to highlight it type powershell and press enter.
        3. Notes:
          • Enable USB Debugging, on your phone: Settings ==> System ==> Advanced ==> Developer options ==> Scroll down to USB debugging and enable it.
          • When using the Powershell Command Prompt Commands must be preceeded with ./: i.e, ./fastboot devices
          • If you do not want to open a Command Prompt every time you want to use the fastboot command, add the path to the Platform-tools folder to Windows environment variables.
      • Boot fastboot mode (bootloader):
        • Power off phone, press and hold the power and volume down buttons until you see Start.
      • Boot Recovery
        • Power off phone, press and hold the power and volume down buttons until you see Start. Use volume up/down button until you see Recovery mode. Press power button.
    9. Test fastboot

      • Enable Developer Options - Tap Settings > About phone > Build number 7 times or until you should see 'you are a Developer'.
      • Enable USB Debugging - Tap Settings > System > Advanced > Developer options >
        Enable USB Debugging.
      • Open a Command Prompt on your computer in the Platform-tools folder.
      • Boot fastboot mode on your phone
      • Connect the phone to the Computer.
      • At the prompt type: fastboot devices to verify communication with phone. It should return your phone's serial number.
    10. ADB Sideload

    ~ ~ ~ Part III - OTHER ~ ~ ~
    1. Custom ROMs

      • Need help with a Custom ROM?
        • First, read and follow the Installation Instructions. The installation instructions are in the OP.
        • Second, if you have a problem Installing it, Search the thread of the Custom ROM you are trying to install for a solution to problem: If you don't find a solution post your request for help on the thread.
      • ROMs
        1. Alpha/Beta

          • None
        2. Official
        3. Unofficial
    2. Mods
    3. T.W.R.P. Backup/Restore

      • Waiting for Android 12 T.W.R.P.
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    :) I hope you all have a Joyful Holiday season with your family and loves ones. :)

    ~ ~ ~ Stay safe ~ ~ ~
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    is there a magisk boot img with modules disabled?. i have a boot loop and need a boot img with it disabled.
    You should have your stock image you can push over. I do not think replacing the boot image with another patched image would disable anything. You can also use adb to remove any modules. Regardless heres my patched boot image and the command to remove modules. Power off, connect phone enter this command, hold power button to boot phone.

    adb wait-for-device shell magisk --remove-modules

    Patched December build boot image
    here
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    For people who are having bootloops with patched boot.img
    Please pay attention to this step in the guide
    Section 7
    Under Patching boot.img
    4- Depending on the version of Magisk Manager installed: Set the Update Channel to Beta or Canary.

    Even if you install beta / canary magisk apk, if you don't select the matching channel, you'd get a bootloop, so don't forget that important step.
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    Thank you for your help I really appreciate it!
    Absolutely, helping each other is what makes this community work.